I don't see where Robicheaux is all that unlikable, more curmudgeonly than
anything else. And having met the real Alafair (all grown up, and a mystery
writer to boot), she doesn't seem all that disgruntled either.
On Wed, Aug 13, 2008 at 10:07 PM, terry bowman <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Let's not forget Dave Robicheaux's adopted daughter Alafair, who is as
> disgruntled at his
> hard-boiledness as the rest us. I think JLB tries to mke hime as unlikable
> as possible.
> --- In email@example.com <rara-avis-l%40yahoogroups.com>, JIM
> DOHERTY <jimdohertyjr@...> wrote:
> > Michael,
> > Re your analysis of the MIKE HAMMER series below:
> > "A woman who loves Hammer, especially a woman Hammer literally
> > touches, must die, and my dad used to say as we watched the show and
> > saw Mike/Stacy Keach take a new girl, 'Well, sheŽll be dead by the end
> > of the show.'"
> > That's actually a fairly accurate depiction of how Hammer's love life
> plays out in the
> books, except that, quite often, the love interest in a given book might
> also turn out to be
> the villain (which I think happened on several of the TV episodes, too),
> and Hammer is the
> one who either kills the love interest, or contrives to get her killed.
> > "Of course, there were two women, his secretary Della, and the Lady in
> > Red, whom Mike never would or could touch, who always lived.
> > My former wife saw this treatment as misogynist, yet it does appear
> > part and parcel of the genre, with some exceptions."
> > Mike's secretary (and, for practical purposes, business partner, since
> she had her own PI
> license) was named Velda. Della was Perry Mason's secretary. The Woman in
> Red was a
> character created specifically for the TV series, and had no counterpart in
> the books.
> > In the upcoming Hammer novel, THE GOLIATH BONE, there are rumors that
> Velda will
> finally become Mrs. Hammer.
> > JIM DOHERTY
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